What was your first job, and how did you get into IT?
I started as an account manager for a software company that specialised in IT asset management. I had recently graduated from business school, and got a call from a company that wanted to meet me to offer me a role. It was just a first job, but I ended up staying in the IT world as its innovation always takes us towards a world of really cool stuff.
Planes, trains or automobiles?
Cars, probably. I’m scared of flying - I mainly hate the turbulence. Although I would love to be the pilot, so maybe I am a control freak.
What could prompt you to give it all up and join the revolution?
I am French; revolution is in my blood.
In my dreams…
…we would all live on a planet with no war, no disease, and where food is equitably distributed.
What was the best business trip or junket you have ever been on?
My best business trip was in India last year, where for the first time in my life I saw so many impoverished people. It really broke my heart, and I remember feeling a strong desire right then to try to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Oranges or bananas?
I guess bananas, as they are easier to peel.
Would you rather draw up the plans, or carry them out?
Can’t I do both? Defining strategies is my strength, and what I love to do.
What would you say are your three greatest accomplishments (so far)?
The first one was working with a charity in Kosovo. The second was my solo trip to a township in South Africa for seven days, where I have since decided to build a nursery for young children. And the last one was becoming chief executive of Casewise, by climbing all the rungs of the ladder.
What is one thing you miss from being a kid that you no longer do or can do?
Spending time with my parents. There has been a big hole in my life since they passed away; something is missing.
What are you reading?
I love reading business reports and books from Harvard Business School and [top French business school] INSEAD. I find it amazing to think that every time I read something, I may be able to get a great idea. It is a source of inspiration to me, to help me become a better man, and a better CEO.
If you became king, what would you do first?
I would be Napoleon, more than a king. And then I would try to become a great leader and help my nation do its best.
What are the traits of a perfect boss?
A mix of Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin would give such a person the ability to be creative, to be a diplomat, and to get the things he or she wants done.
If you had your time again, what would be your next choice of career?
My next career would be as a movie star. At least I could hope to get some fans.
Alexandre Wentzo is chief executive officer of Casewise
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